Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Diademed Tapaculo (Scytalopus schulenbergi)


French: Mérulaxe à diadème German: Diademtapaculo Spanish: Churrín diademado

Scytalopus schulenbergi


, 1994,

4 km west of Chuspipata, 3215 m, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia


Relationships uncertain. Possibly closest to S. simonsi and to unnamed species from SC Peru (Apurímac)#R#R; may also be related to S. urubambae. Purported relationship with S. argentifrons seems unlikely. Monotypic.


SE Peru (Vilcanota Mts, in Cuzco) E to C Bolivia (Yungas of Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

10 cm; two males 15·2 g and 17 g. A small dark tapaculo with pale fore­crown. Male has forecrown and supercilium silvery white, contrasting narrow black mask on lower... read more


Male song 7–15 seconds long, a trill of downstroke notes at 3–3·5 kHz (first overtone;... read more


Bamboo and other dense undergrowth of humid forest at and just below tree-line, at 2800–3400... read more

Food and feeding

Three stomachs all contained insects. Forages on and near the ground, moving along quickly, stopping briefly to scan surrounding mossy... read more


Nestlings found in mid-Oct in Peru (Puno); presumed to breed in Sept–Jan. Single known nest was globular with entrance at top, made... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Fairly common to uncommon. Occurs in Manu National Park and Biosphere... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Diademed Tapaculo (Scytalopus schulenbergi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).